Dogs have gastrointestinal problems just like humans. Occasional problems are generally not serious, and dogs are not affected by running and playing. Persistent gastroenteritis not only affects the dog's mental state, but may also reveal organ disease. GGH shares the dog's stool status and related gastrointestinal problems with everyone, and helps the owner to regulate the dog's body. Although the fur kid doesn't know how to speak, the owner will notice the changes in the fur kid if he observes carefully.
Normal defecation status of dogs
A healthy dog's feces should be in strips, not sticky, dry, and not easily broken. The ideal hardness can refer to the newly ripe banana; the color should be dark brown or chocolate; the smell should be balanced and should not be particularly smelly; adult dogs generally defecate 1-2 times a day, and puppies generally about three times a day. If the dog has abnormal defecation status, it can be closely observed and started to recuperate according to the following related situations.
Abnormal dog stool status and common causes
- Fragile and dry stool
Dry stools are generally caused by lack of water or insufficient fiber content in the stool. Usually, you can properly feed your dog bananas to increase the water-soluble dietary fiber in the intestines. If your dog's stool is powdery for a long time, it may indicate a problem with the gallbladder, intestines or pancreas.
- Soft and flat stool
Dog stools are sticky and muddy, commonly known as soft stools, mostly due to indigestion. It may be that the food is too large to be swallowed without chewing, it may be that the type of food is not easy to digest, or it may be that the spleen and stomach are weak or the motivation is insufficient. However, if the stool is covered with transparent mucus, it may be related to the anal line or digestive tract inflammation, and further examination is required.
- watery poop
Watery poop indicates that the dog has an upset stomach and needs to stop eating for 6-8 hours. During this period, you can feed natural montmorillonite powder to stop diarrhea. If the situation does not improve, you need to consult a veterinarian in time.
- abnormal color of stool
Bloody stool: Brightly colored bloody stool may be a bleeding point near the anus, and the brighter the color, the closer the bleeding point is to the defecation opening. If there is dark black bloody stool with mucus and a foul smell, accompanied by the dog's lack of energy, it may be inflammation of the intestines and stomach.
Persistent bright yellow stools may be related to liver and pancreas problems in dogs.
- parasitic infection
Parasites are sometimes present in feces. Infection with parasites may infect humans. Do not directly contact the dog's feces. Use a button-capped container to collect fecal samples for inspection. Some parasitic infections can lead to weight loss, increased defecation frequency, bloody stools, and affect the dog's heart health. It is necessary to regularly vaccinate the dog and deworm it.
Abnormal bowel habits and common causes in dogs
In addition to the state of the poo, the frequency of the dog's defecation is another important criterion for observing the dog's health.
- dog pooping too much
If the dog defecates frequently, and the stool is watery, consider the above-mentioned gastroenteritis. In addition, if the dog eats too many times and the food given in a day is too mixed, it may damage the spleen and stomach, cause indigestion, and the dog defecates more frequently, and most of them are soft stools. Another situation is that the dog food or the food that has been tasted recently contains ingredients that are difficult for dogs to digest, which stimulates the dog's gastrointestinal discomfort and defecates many times. It is necessary to screen out the ingredients that cause the dog's gastrointestinal irritation.
- infrequent bowel movements
If the dog does not defecate for three consecutive days or more, the feces will accumulate in the intestines, and the inability to excrete toxins will definitely be detrimental to the dog's health. There are a few reasons why dogs poop too infrequently:
- Painful defecation
If the anal glands are not cleaned in time, it will cause inflammation and painful defecation. Some dogs have eaten miscellaneous toys since childhood. Foreign objects blocking the intestinal tract and other causes of obstruction can also cause difficulty in defecation. Dogs that eat foreign objects by mistake may experience malaise, loss of appetite, vomiting after eating, and pain when pressing the abdomen Condition. However, small foreign bodies cannot be touched externally and should be checked in combination with X-ray images.
Common causes of constipation are too little daily water intake and improper food mix. Eating too much meat or bones, but not enough fiber can affect bowel movements. The flora in the dog's body is out of balance, and the intestinal peristalsis is insufficient, which can also cause constipation. You can feed your dog dragon fruit honey water and chicken soup to increase water intake. In addition, you can feed steamed pumpkin, steamed sweet potato, cabbage and other vegetables to increase fiber intake. You can also add olive oil or milk to the dog's food to lubricate the intestines. Interacting more with dogs and increasing the amount of dog exercise can also promote bowel movements.
- dog loss of appetite
If the dog’s food intake is significantly less than usual, and he is not interested in his favorite snacks, but he is in good spirits, it may be due to food accumulation. You can try some Jianweixiaoshi tablets and health products that increase gastric motility. Loss of appetite is also related to colds, respiratory tract infections or digestive tract infections. It is necessary to observe whether the dog has symptoms of cough or diarrhea.
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